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    After 1941, there seems to be no use of cement in Russia. No cement "drop-in pillboxes and no cement (hard cover) airfields. Airfields seemed to have been formed with precast cement hexagons and "dropped" in place. I locate neither from "41. Anyone know the story?

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    Here are my guesses as to possible reasons:

    During early 1942 a great many factories had to be rebuilt after evacuation to the Urals, including concrete/cement footings for major machine tools. That could have used up the bulk of any supplies available. After September 1942, cement would be in very short supply because the Germans occupied Novorossiisk on the Black Sea coast, which was a major center of cement production. The city wasn't liberated until September 1943, which probably means production did not resume until 1944 at the earliest.

    Anybody have any more direct information?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sharposhnikov View Post
      Here are my guesses as to possible reasons:

      During early 1942 a great many factories had to be rebuilt after evacuation to the Urals, including concrete/cement footings for major machine tools. That could have used up the bulk of any supplies available. After September 1942, cement would be in very short supply because the Germans occupied Novorossiisk on the Black Sea coast, which was a major center of cement production. The city wasn't liberated until September 1943, which probably means production did not resume until 1944 at the earliest.

      Anybody have any more direct information?
      Cement production
      - 1940/5 773 000 tons
      - 1945/1 845 000 tons

      Novorossiysk plants produced 961 000 tons (1940)
      If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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      • #4
        That claim doesn't sound right at all. There's plenty of evidence of cement being used in concrete bunkers at the battle of Stalingrad, for example.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cmde.Slavyanski View Post
          That claim doesn't sound right at all. There's plenty of evidence of cement being used in concrete bunkers at the battle of Stalingrad, for example.
          That's correct, presuming you meant "pillboxes". However, most of these fortifications seemed to have been made "pre-war", for instance, those at Leningrad and, the "apartment" pillboxes in Moscow.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by amvas View Post
            Cement production
            - 1940/5 773 000 tons
            - 1945/1 845 000 tons

            Novorossiysk plants produced 961 000 tons (1940)
            Great info, thanks

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